An adorable friendship is blossoming between a toddler and a dog, despite the backyard fence that stands between them.
Video that Chad Nelson shared to Twitter this week shows his 2-year-old son Conway playing fetch over the wooden barrier with a Labrador called Dozer, who lives in the neighboring house.
Conway twice throws a ball over the fence in the clip. Each time, Dozer picks up the ball in his mouth and drops it back over the fence so the game can begin again.
“It was just a cute thing,” Nelson told KARE 11, where he works as a photojournalist. “We just thought Conway was being cute and our friends would like it and all of sudden it’s being shared to thousands of people.”
By early Friday, the clip had garnered more than 10.3 million views.
Nelson’s friend Erin Richter shot the footage at her home in Savage, Minnesota, as Chad’s family was visiting. Richter’s son, Landon, often enjoys playing the same game with Dozer until “the ball gets full of slobber,” she told BuzzFeed.
Nelson didn’t immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment but did reveal in a further tweet how the 20 seconds featured in the clip was just a fraction of the playtime:
It went on for a half hour
— Chad Nelson (@CMNelsonPhoto) July 19, 2018
He also said his family has two dogs. Sadly for his son, they “don’t play fetch though.”
Unsurprisingly, the clip has gone down well with fellow Twitter users:
This is the most sweetest thing in the world!😄
— Nadine@teach (@Teach1006) July 19, 2018
That is the cutest darn thing ever.
— inatwit (@inatwittoday) July 19, 2018
This made my day completely and I’ve watched it several times over the last couple days and it restores my faith in humanity and gives you a nice slice of joy and happiness to show that light does shine through the clouds.
— Ryan J. Kaz (@RyanJKaz) July 20, 2018
Thanks SO much for sharing! His laugh makes my heart soar. And what a smart doggie!
— Lisa Guest (@lisaguestGTM) July 20, 2018